College of Arts and Sciences


  • Sanho Tree on Failed Drug Wars, Counterterrorism, and U.S. Policy

    April 8, 2011

    Sanho Tree,Director of the Drug Policy Project, Institute for Policy Studies (IPS), presents “Addicted to Failure: U.S. Drug War Policy in the Americas” on April 20. Tree, an internationally acclaimed human rights advocate and drug war policy analyst, focuses on policies concerning international drug control, counterinsurgency, and counterterrorism.  In recent years, the Drug Policy Project has focused on the attendant collateral damage caused by U.S. drug war efforts in Colombia, Mexico, and Bolivia.  Establishing humane and sustainable alternatives to the drug war fits into the IPS mandate as one of the major contemporary social justice issues at home and abroad.  

    Tree has been featured in more than a dozen documentaries and collaborated with Dr. Gar Alperovitz on The Decision to Use the Atomic Bomb and the Architecture of an American Myth (Knopf, 1995).  He was also associate editor of Covert Action Quarterly, an award-winning magazine of investigative journalism, and worked at the International Human Rights Law Group.  Currently, he serves on the boards of Witness for Peace and the Andean Information Network.

    Free and open to the public, Tree’s presentation is set for April 20 at 6 p.m. in Wyckoff Auditorium.

    This lecture is  co-sponsored by Witness for Peace Northwest and the Seattle University Core Track in Diversity, Citizenship, and Social Justice and the International Studies Department and Latin American Studies program in the College of Arts and Sciences.


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